In the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception), we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This framework is based on the following principles: that every child is a unique child, that children need positive relationships and enabling environments and that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The curriculum involves activities and experiences based on topics of interest to the children; for example a recent topic in Reception was based on the film 'Tangled' which the children had been showing an interest in through their play. All topics develop the following skills;
Communication and language
This involves developing the children's speaking skills and their understanding of language. It also includes developing their listening and attention.
Children develop their skills in large movements (climbing, balancing, strength..) and small movements (holding a pencil, threading beads, using a mouse on a computer...). This area of learning also includes developing toiletting skills, dressing and undressing independently and understanding how to stay fit and healthy.
Personal, social and emotional development
This involves developing relationships with other children and adults, including being able to share and take turns. It also includes understanding the rules and boundaries in school and being able to follow them. Children develop their understanding of their pwn feelings and begin to become aware of the feelings of others.
Children explore early reading and writing skills.
In this area of learning children learn counting skills and the early stages of addition and subtraction. They also learn about shapes, patterns and measures.
An understanding of the world
This involves learning about the natural world, using technology and developing an understanding of people and communities around them.
Expressive arts and design skills
Children develop their creative skills through exploring media and materials. They also develop their imaginations through dance, role-play, music, design, art and more.
We aim to make all of the children's learning as exciting and engaging as possible as we believe that this is when children learn best.